A few days back Benjamin posted an article on setting up a slick real-time Earth view wallpaper. In response to that Carles Sentis has sent us news of an awesome pet project of his which does all that that script did – and then some.

It’s called ‘Realtime Sunlight Wallpaper’.


Realtime Sunlight Wallpaper (RSW from herein) provides several exclusive features n’ functions above the script we posted last week.

Most notably: –

  • 4 different ‘world map’ views
  • ‘Dawn to dusk’ wallpaper
  • Moon phase wallpaper

RSW also allows users to mark the application to auto-start login thus requiring you to do nothing but watch your wallpaper auto-update before your very eyes! No need to poke around adding commands to the Start-up Applications list or calling a CRON job.


To install it just extract the folder and then navigate to where you have extracted the folder downloaded the file:

  • cd /path/to/sunlight-0.0.11
  • make
  • sudo make install

Launch RSW by pressing ALT+F2 in unison and typing:

  • sunlight-0.0.11

RSW would really rock if it had a .deb installed. If anyone is interested in contributing/packaging one then contact the author via the official launchpad project page.

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